Now many airline officials and Homeland Security Specialists across the U.S. are starting a program already in place in Israel for passenger profiling.
Security analysts say indiscriminate mass screening of passengers is not only expensive; it is very ineffective in catching bad guys while inconveniencing most of the flying public.
Many security experts believe we should be relying less on technology and more on passenger behavior.
Being taught to airport police and employees, profiling is a dirty word to Civil Libertarians, who fear racial and ethnic discrimination. Pros like Israeli Sam Juchtman who is teaching Miami-Dade police behavioral patterns. Techniques said it is common sense.
Samuel Juchtman, Israeli Behavior Patterns Expert explains, "We are not looking from where a passenger is coming from. We are looking for passenger behavior. Anything that is unusual or irregular."
Sgt. Kevin Dougherty, Miami-Dade Police, “You are looking for suspicious people, nervous people doing something out of the ordinary. It is even simpler than that. We are looking for the unusual in the sea of the usual."
They found it. This man's confusing travel documents raised suspicions.
Juhtman also checked him out. Ten minutes later, the passenger who was in transit from Peru to Madrid was let go.
Juhtman is one of many Israeli security experts who are training police and airport employees to recognize unusual behavioral patterns among passengers.
Meanwhile just today a pilot detoured his plane after the crew reported passengers acting suspiciously. They reportedly began using cell phones and began passing them around shortly after take off which of course raised the alert from the cabin staff. Northwest airlines flight from Amsterdam to India was escorted back to the airport in Amsterdam by fighter jets. The names and nationalities of the 12 people in custody have not been revealed.
The Israeli style program is in 12 airports right now. The feds hope to expand it to many more airports.